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Marangu Route Itinerary

Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Itinerary

Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is the oldest, most well established route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to its gradual slope, the Marangu route is considered the easiest path on the mountain. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations. This is one of the reasons this route is favored during the rainy season. Marangu route is also considered the busiest route due to the ascent and descent being done on the same path. This makes for a crowded path at times.
=>Difficulty: Medium
=>Scenery: Good
=>Traffic: High

Day 1 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport,

Day 2 – Marangu Gate (1,870 meters) to Mandara Hut (2,700 meters)

Day 3 – Mandara Hut (2,700 meters) to Horombo Hut (3,720 meters)

Day 4 – Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) to Kibo Hut (4,700 meters)

Day 5 – Kibo Hut (4,700 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Horombo Hut (3,720 meters)

Day 6 – Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) to Marangu Gate (1,870 meters)

Day 7 Arusha/Departure

Day 1 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport,

Met upon Arrival and transfer to hotel in Arusha,

Activities: Transfer

Accommodation & Meals: Arusha Gold Crest Hotel, B, B.

Day 2 – Marangu Gate (1,870 meters) to Mandara Hut (2,700 meters)

The Marangu Route begins at Marangu Gate (1,870 meters) on the South-East side of Mount Kilimanjaro (see map above). Typically, you will be driven to the gate from Moshi, which takes approximately an hour and passes through the village of Marangu. If approaching from Arusha it takes over two hours to reach Marangu gate. At the gate you will meet your trekking team, register with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities, and witness porters assembling and weighing packs of gear that they will be carrying up the mountain. Day one is a gradual trek through the Kilimanjaro rainforest and takes 5-7 hours to complete. Your first night is spent in the Mandara A-frame Huts (2,700 meters) which come equipped with solar-generated lighting, flush toilets and water piped in from a nearby mountain stream. Each hut has 6-8 bunk beds. If you are a light sleeper, we suggest bringing earplugs!

Estimated Trekking distance: 8km / 5 miles

Estimated Trekking time: 4-6 hours

Zone: Rainforest zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Mandara Hut (2,700 meters). B, L, D.

Day 3 – Mandara Hut (2,700 meters) to Horombo Hut (3,720 meters)

Day two on the Marangu Route begins with an early start. You will be served breakfast and should be on your way by the latest 08:30. The trek continues through the rainforest, around the base of the Maundi Crater, and then transitions rather rapidly into the low alpine moorland zone. If the weather is clear, you should definitely take the opportunity to scramble up the Maundi Crater to get your first full view of Kibo. During the trek, you will also see giant lobelias which are scattered throughout the landscape at this altitude. Day two takes approximately 6-8 hours to complete and covers a significant distance (11.5km / 7miles). At Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) you will be served dinner and shown to your sleeping quarters for the night.

Estimated Trekking distance: 11.5km / 7 miles

Estimated Trekking time: 6-8 hours

Zone: Rainforest zone/ Low Alpine Zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Horombo Hut (3,720 meters). B, L, D.

Day 4 – Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) to Kibo Hut (4,700 meters)

Note: Day three on the Marangu Route is an acclimatization day for 6-day trekkers. Most six-day trekkers venture on a 4–5-hour hike to Mawenzi Hut and back, which is good for acclimatization. For 5-day trekkers, you will depart from Horombo Hut early and begin a 1,000-meter ascent to Kibo Hut which covers a distance of approximately 10km. There are two routes to Kibo. The first, or upper route, forks to the right. Six-day trekkers would have trekked this route on their acclimatization day to Mawenzi Hut. You will most likely take the lower left-hand route as it is easier and nearly an hour shorter. On the left-hand route, you will pass the last water point at 4,130 meters. Make sure to fill up your water reserves here as you will not find another watering point until you get back to Horombo Hut from the summit (you are able to buy bottled mineral water at Kibo Hut). At Kibo Hut you will be served an early dinner and should try to get to bed before 19:00 as you will be awoken around 23:30 to start your 1,150-meter ascent to Uhuru Peak. Make sure that you have all your gear ready for a prompt departure, including insulated water, snacks, headlamp, and camera.

Estimated Trekking distance: 10km / 6 miles

Estimated Trekking time: 5-7 hours

Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Kibo Hut (4,700 meters). B, L, D.

Day 5 – Kibo Hut (4,700 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Horombo Hut (3,720 meters)

Day four begins with summit night. After being awoken you will be served some hot tea and biscuits and will then begin your summit ascent. The route follows a rocky path to the first checkpoint, Hans Meyer Cave at 5,150 meters. It then continues to zigzag for a good 2-3 hours until you get to Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters) on Kibo’s crater rim. You will most likely be very tired at this point. Take some time to rest and refuel with a snack. The final push is tough and requires mental stamina. Focus on moving slowly and deliberately for the final 200-meter ascent. At Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) you will not be able to stay too long so make sure to get all the pictures you want to take and then begin your descent back to Kibo Hut, and onto Horombo Hut. In total, you will be trekking upwards of 12-16 hours. It will be one of the longest days of your life but well worth it! Here’s the good news, beers can be bought at Horombo!

Estimated Trekking distance: 5.5km / 3 miles ascent and then 15km / 8 -mile descent

Estimated Trekking time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Horombo Hut

Zone: Glacial zone, high alpine zone, and low alpine zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Horombo Hut (3,720 meters). B, L, D.

Day 6 – Horombo Hut (3,720 meters) to Marangu Gate (1,870 meters)

Day five from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate is nearly 20km but usually only takes 7 hours to complete. You will be exhausted at this stage and spend most of the hike imagining the hot shower you will be having that evening. At Marangu Gate, you will be presented with your certificate, either for Gilman’s Point or Uhuru Peak (depending on how far you managed to get). It is expected to present your trekking team with their hard-earned tips at this point. You will then be driven back to your hotel where celebrations can begin!

 Estimated Trekking distance: 20km / 12.5 miles

Estimated Trekking time: 6-8 hours

Zone: Low alpine zone and rainforest

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals:  Arusha Gold Crest Hotel, B, L.

Day 7: Arusha/Departure

Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your return flight, B. or Proceed with safari with us.

Activities: Transfer

Accommodation & Meals: B, B.

Prices are quoted in $ per person

Number of people in a group


1Pax 2Pax 3Pax 4Pax 5Pax


Validity: 01 Jan – 31 Dec 2022


2,207 1,658 1,614 1,580 1,562


Validity: 01 Jan – 31 Dec 2022


2,526 1,930 1,876 1,843 1,822


Optional: Add: Cost for Extra Night at any camp


330 330 330 330


– Private Trek.

– For a group of seven or more booking together, please contact us for special/discounted rate.

– Group treks are based on maximum of 10 people for each single group.


Price includes:

-Arrival and departure Kilimanjaro airport transfers

– Accommodation in Town

-Scheduled Riverside bus shuttle transfer Nairobi-Arusha-Nairobi if arriving/departing from Nairobi.

-Transport from the hotel to the mountain and back to the hotel

-Accommodation as indicated

-Sleeping tent and mattresses on the mountain

-Dining tent on the mountain

-Meals as indicated above (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

-All park fees, including mountain rescue fees, government taxes, and all applicable fees and taxes.

-Services of a Professional Leading Guide who is medically trained, certified, licensed, and English speaking.

-Services of English-speaking assistant guide (s) and enough porters for your luggage, food, and water, and a skilled cook.

-Transport from your hotel to the mountain, and back to your hotel.

-Group average of 4~6 climbers, maximum of 15.

-Portable toilets

-Oxygen bottle and pulse oximeter


 Price excludes:

-International airfare

-Items of a personal nature such as passport, and visa,

-Climbing gears (can be rented on arrival)

-Tips (recommended in USD, Cash)

-Medical Equipment can be rented well in advance for the following costs: $250/group for the hyperbaric chamber, and $140/group for a stretcher. Please note these prices include a porter to carry the equipment.

-Any new imposed fee/tax that is out of our jurisdiction


-The pack that the porters carry is limited to 35 pounds (i.e. 15kgs)

-Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $10/day

You can leave extra luggage in Hotel in Arusha (if you leave any valuable items like cash, jewelry, etc) make sure you get a receipt for that.

*If you add that day, instead of just staying at the hotel, we can offer a day trip to the nearby Arusha National Park for game drives for $180pp inclusive of 1to 2 hours hiking on mount Meru. Starting from 4 pax in a group.